Library and archives

Welcome to Christ Church Library. Christ Church has a magnificent Library which serves both the needs of the College community and the research interests of scholars from all over the world. The Library is open to all current Christ Church members. The modern College Library serves the needs of members of the Christ Church, particularly students of undergraduate taught courses. In addition to its undergraduate collections, the Library has significant rare book and manuscript collections.

Opening hours

The Library will be closed for two weeks for an annual stock take. This will begin on Monday, 12 September and the library will reopen on Monday, 26 September.

  • During this time, please request any materials you require using SOLO. Requests will then be collected and placed on a trolley in the Lodge (once in the morning, and again in the afternoon).
  • We regret that no new appointments to view materials in the Upper Library will be available during this period. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured, and we are more than happy to arrange bookings that fall from Monday, 26 September.

College Library (Upper and Student Library)

During the summer vacation, the Library will be open as follows:

Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm; on Saturday and Sunday the Library is closed.

Burn Law Library

Monday – Sunday 24 hours (fob access)


Access to the Library during staff working hours may be permitted to individuals from other Oxford Colleges, for the purpose of consulting books not readily available elsewhere. Access is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting the College Librarian.

All enquiries related to the College Archives should be addressed to the Archivist –